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The pivotal work upon which the history of the dandy tradition turns.--Ellen Moers
Paperback, 80 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by PAJ Publications (first published 1845)
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Bill Kerwin

Shortly after Waterloo, a craze for all things English--the horses, the clothes, even the food (!)--held fashionable France in its grip, and foremost of all these things was the English Dandy. It was not until 1845, however, that Barbey D'Aurevilly gave le dandysme a proper intellectual and philosophical rationale.

Journalist D'Aurevilly became fascinated by the career of George "Beau" Brummel who, even before the craze, was a model of style for young French royalists. Coming from a society that
Oct 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Dandys, of course
One of the key books on Dandyism in my library of almost nothing but Dandy aesthetic books. Jules Barbery D'Aurevilly's study on one of the pioneering Dandies of all time - Beau Brummell.

What's important about Dandyism is that it is a way of life that is against life of sorts. It's taking what is not perfect and making it perfect. There is nothing 'natural' about Dandyism and that is why I am fascinated with that subject matter. It is one controlling wild nature and making it behave in a manne
Sherwood Smith
Every ten years or so I reread this little book, each time having acquired a few more of the references D'Aurevilly so carelessly tosses off.

He wrote this essay about Brummel and dandyism in the 1840s, and it may stand as a precursor to psychological study. His remarks about women are about 95% tosh, but there are some very sharp insights into what dandys were, and what they weren't.

I don't think he gives Chesterfield enough credit for bridging the beau and the dandy paradigms. But really, it wa
Aug 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, non-fiction
I don't enjoy shopping for clothes and I hate trying them on, so I find it a little hard to understand dandies when it comes to clothes. No offence guys (is it ok to call you 'guys' instead of 'beaus'?), I know you are more than that, some of you even had respectful jobs like writers, painters or kings, so I imagine you had other duties besides deciding what clothes to wear on a particular day. Do I sound cynical? That's only because I didn't have the chance to meet you in real life ;).

With reg
Farbror the Guru
Dandyismen är i sig en spännande företeelse men boken tillför egentligen inte så mycket. Författaren har en tafatt ambition att analysera Dandyismens rötter, särdrag och förutsättningar men författarens vurm för ikonen Beau Brummell skymmer skarpsinnet.
Taneli Viitahuhta
Barbeyn 1845 julkaistusta Beau Brummell-esseestä, Antti Nylénin siihen lisäämästä kulttuurihistoriallisesti valaisevasta ja pedanttisesta alaviiteapparaatista sekä osin redundantista mutta salaa merkittävästä esipuheesta rakentuu suomenkielisen dandykirjallisuuden matuškamainen abc-kirja. Keskiössä on eräs Beau Brummell, jonka ilmiö on ankarasti ottaen yhtä dandyismin ilmiön kanssa. Brummellin jälkeen on vain jäljittelyä, vaikka tietysti Brummellkin vain jäljitteli, kuitenkin niin hyvin, että hä ...more
Nov 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
La mia lettura:

Se George Brummell tornasse al mondo aprirebbe sicuramente un blog, e Jules-Amédée Barbey d’Aurevilly lo leggerebbe avidamente tutti i giorni.

Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A quite charming little book!

(Read as a translation to Swedish - from Alastor Press.)
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wonderful little book, for anyone interested in dandy or decadent culture. particularly enjoyable is the introduction by Quentin crisp.
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Jules-Amédée Barbey d'Aurevilly was a novelist and literary critic at the Bonapartist paper Le Pays who was influential among fin-de-siècle decadents.
He specialised in mystery tales that explored hidden motivation and hinted at evil without being explicitly concerned with anything supernatural. He had a decisive influence on writers such as Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, Henry James and Marcel

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